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A Hand Full of Stars

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A teenager who wants to be a journalist in a suppressed society describes to his diary his daily life in his hometown of Damascus, Syria.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 1st 1992 by Puffin (first published January 1st 1987)
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mai ahmd
Jan 24, 2012 mai ahmd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات



أوراق من مذكرات مراهق على شكل يوميات تسير بوتيرة متصاعدة , تجمع تفاصيل متباعدة من ذكرياته في المدرسة والمخبز تفاصيل علاقاته مع أصدقاءه وحبيبته الصغيرة نادية والكثير من أحلامه ..طموحاته.. خيباته ..وتساؤلاته كمراهق و حتى بلوغه سن الثامنة عشر ,تجري أحداث الرواية في إحدى الحارات الدمشقية حيث يعمل بطل الرواية خبازا مساعدا لوالده ..

اللافت للنظر أن الرواية كتبت بأسلوب مراهق ذلك الأسلوب الطفولي المحبب الذي يشّدك من الوهلة الأولى للنص ولا يتركك حتى تصل لآخر ورقة فيها ‘ قد تبدو للقارىء كأنها مذكرات شخصية
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monz
Nach langer Zeit des Zögerns, habe ich nun doch dieses Buch zur Hand genommen.

Und mit welcher Erstauntheit las ich Schamis schlichte Worte. Mit all seinen Wahrheiten und tiefgehenden Weisheiten. Ich litt und liebte zusammen mit dem Protagonisten. Ich war wie verzaubert und schluckte eine leise Enttäuschung, nachdem ich das Buch nach drei atemlosen Stunden zuklappen musste, da das letze Wort geschrieben war.

Jeder Charakter ist so liebevoll und ehrlich beschrieben, dass es dem Leser nicht schwer f
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Birgit
Wow! Hab mir nicht wirklich etwas von dem Buch erwartet (war die Gratisbuchaktion von Wien). Es hat mich echt umgehauen. Es ist einfach und hält doch so viel. Es spielt in Syrien und schildert den Alltag eines Jugendlichen. Es ist traurig, schockierend und doch voller Lebensfreude. Es ist ehrlich. Man vergisst, dass ein fiktiver Roman ist.
مصطفي سليمان
في الاول
تحية واجبة لشهداء الثورة السورية
ربنا يرحم الجميع
ويثبت الباقي

ثانيا بالنسبة للرواية
طفل صغير ابن خباز عاوز يشتغل صحفي
وبيكتب يومياته
تمام
محمد فؤاد عملها تقريبا ف كل أفلامه
والجزء الاول من الرواية كان ماشي ف السكة دي
سكة التكرار والملل
والحشو اللي ملهوش اي معني او لزمة
مع بداية الجزء التاني من الرواية
بقي فيه رواية
الاسلوب شبه ركيك
ف مناطق كتير
بس خلي قلبك واسع واتعامل ان عيل عنده 12 سنة هو اللي بيكتب

المعلومات الاكيد اللي هتطلع منها
ان الحال العربي متشابه لدرجة بشعة
وسئية
ان مكنتش رخمة
نفس فكر السفاحين
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Kimberly
Jul 11, 2011 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Shelves: mr-man
The journal format is compelling in its simplicity and I was pleased that my 10yo took to it immediately. A great window into the diversity of the Arab world. Also a good introduction to living in a repressive society. A great read-aloud for a pre-teen. This book triggered our first family discussion about pornography. Interesting that this book was written over 20 years ago, but still resonates today.
Alexander Braumann
Dec 03, 2012 Alexander Braumann rated it it was amazing
Fantastic reading.
DubaiReader
Jul 04, 2015 DubaiReader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kutub-bk-grp, kindle, 2015
"A journal is a rearview mirror"

Although this book was written in 1987, it seems no less relevant to today's Syria. The regime allows no alternative opinions and clamps down hard on dissenters,whether real or imagined. A stay in prison is a nightmare for anyone unfortunate enough to rouse suspicion.

The fourteen-year-old narrator decides to begin recording his day-to-day life in a journal, encouraged by his close friend, Uncle Salim. If you want to be a journalist, advises Salim, then you need t
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Rei
Jan 25, 2011 Rei rated it liked it
A Hand Full Of Stars is, told by the point of the view from the protagonist and how it’s like growing up in Damascus- Syria, which was the time when there was war. The journal/ diary is about what’s happening in the government and what’s happening to his family and his friends. The protagonist (who the name is not stated in the book) has a dream of becoming a journalist but during the time of the war, you weren’t suppose to writer things such as newspaper or else you would be sent to jail becaus ...more
Noudi
Sep 17, 2010 Noudi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
تقع هذه الرواية ضمن أهم خمسين كتاب عالمي للشبيبة

يوميات يسردها الكاتب رفيق شامي على لسان صبي في الرابعة عشرة ، يجيدُ كتابة القصائد ويسعى أن يكون صحافيًا ..
إلا أن الأحداث تتشعب فتشهد البلدة انقلابات عسكرية وموجة اعتقالات لأي من له صلة بكتابة منشور سياسي
يتمّسك البطل ورفاقه بالأمل وخاصة بعد اعتقال صديقهم الصحفي الشجاع ،صدقًا هم أيادٍ صغيرة مليئة بالنجوم من أجل حرية الرأي ، والارتقاء

تروي اليوميات أيضًا بعض المواقف جميلة التي تستدعي الوقوف والتأمل للصغار في المدرسة مع الأساتذة وفي العمل الجاد لكسب
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LittleMissBookworm
Obwohl Rafik Schamis Roman beinahe 30 Jahre alt ist, ist er vermutlich aktueller denn je.

Dieses Buch handelt von einem ärmlichen Bäckerssohn, der sich für Literatur begeistert und eines Tages Journalist werden will. Sein Vater jedoch hat andere Pläne für seinen Spross und lässt ihn die Schule abbrechen um in seinem Betrieb zu arbeiten.

Erzählt wird der Roman in Form eines Tagebuchs, das der Junge zwischen seinem vierzehnten und siebzehnten Lebensjahr führt. Man erfährt ungeschönt, wie das Leben e
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Inasirimavo
Dec 29, 2015 Inasirimavo rated it really liked it
So happy I discovered Rafik Schami and Syria through his eyes.

This book is so simple and so sweet. In all its simplicity it manages to make you happy, angry, sad, but most of all - aware and hopeful.

I love that it's an obligatory read in some elementary schools in croatia (that was also a discovery to me) - what a great way to inform kids about other societies (in this case the brutal regime in syria), but also help them discover the beauty and diversity of different cultures (schami's damascu
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Roberto Macias
May 08, 2015 Roberto Macias rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Als Zuwanderer spricht mich die Literatur von Rafik Schami ans Herz. Ich erlebte weder Syrien noch die Armut die in dieses Buch beschrieben wird. Noch war meine Heimat so von Instabilität Ubersät. Dennoch war Politische Verfolgung, wenn auch nicht alltäglich doch nicht völlig unbekannt.

Ich finde die Einfache Sprache, und leichtigkeit mit dem das Erzählen übernommen wird ein Zeichen vom Kunst Schamis. Die Augen gleiten übers Papier und werden dadürch nicht müde. Stattdessen sieht man wie vor eig
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Ariko
SPITZE GESCHRIEBEN!
Ich bin hin und weg von dem Buch. Am meisten fasziniert mich, wie authentisch das Buch wirkt, allein durch die Textart - als Tagebuch eines Bäckerssohns aus Damaskus, der Journalist werden will und sich zunächst gegen den Zwang des Vaters, in dessen Bäckerei zu helfen, wehrt und schließlich als Beginn seiner Arbeit als Journalist gegen das regierende Regime. Total fasziniert hat mich, wie Rafik Schami hier bewusst die Worte so wählt, dass sie umso mehr wirken. Die Texte sind
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David A-S
Jan 15, 2016 David A-S rated it really liked it

I found the Schami's book charming. It is funny to use such diction when speaking of a book dealing with persecution, censorship, poverty, and death. But Schami effectively presents the world through the protagonist's young adult eyes. I couldn't stop thinking of my Arab friends (in the church and out) throughout the reading and I have already passed it on.

Carolina
Jul 20, 2015 Carolina rated it liked it
3.5
I liked this book a great deal, however I wish there was more of an ending to it, as well as a conclusion to all of the arcs that were explored and left completely unfinished and open.
Anne
Dec 19, 2012 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Getting along from day to day in a country like Syria where political upheaval is the norm, is not easy and robs children of their freedom of just being children, And for the writer of this journal, a teenage boy living in Damascus, the policital situation and a demanding father heap great challenges on his back. With the unconditional love of Uncle Salim whose stories are instructive and under the tutelage of Habib, he learns life's lesson and helps to write and disperse the Sock-Newspaper whic ...more
Mundo de Libros
Feb 08, 2015 Mundo de Libros rated it really liked it
Una historia muy bonita. El libro es muy fácil de leer.
Lo empecé ayer por la noche y esta tarde ya lo he terminado :)

Reseña en el blog: http://ow.ly/IHaqD
Noor
Jan 25, 2014 Noor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the reason i love rafik schami's writings so much is that he represents syrian society and culture so accurately. I read this one in a day, and the story takes form perfectly, and ends perfectly as well although I wish we had a sequel to what happens to Habib.
Danielle
This is a journal-style story of a teenage boy in Syria in the 1980s. His father wants him to quit school to work in the bakery, but he wants to keep studying. There's a wise old uncle who tells stories and a pretty young girl in the neighborhood. Eventually, he meets a journalist, and they start their own subversive newspaper, but the majority of the story is daily life in a poor neighborhood.
Denille
Dec 27, 2012 Denille rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
What did I think? Well, it's a great story about a boy with a passion for writing who is in a country with disaffections.

The book makes you think about democracy, journalism and political oppression.
Babsi Proszner
Jul 12, 2013 Babsi Proszner rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
wow wirklich tolles buch !!! wahnsinnig toll wie der autor einen in die geschichte hineinzieht und nicht mehr los lässt, total authentisch als hätte er alles selbst erlebt . echt zum empfehlen !!!
Saila
Jun 08, 2012 Saila rated it it was amazing
Read this years ago but I really enjoyed it. Such a shame I can't find it in a kindle version I would love to read it again :)
Vera
Jan 19, 2016 Vera rated it it was amazing
Rafik Schami at his best. A beautifull story that lingers on in your mind because of it's simplicity.
Radwa Shalaby
Dec 02, 2011 Radwa Shalaby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Radwa by: Dr. Haimaa
eine ausfuehrliche Analyse schreibe ich spaeter insch'Allah ..
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Born in Damascus, Syria in 1946, Rafik Schami (Arabic: رفيق شامي) is the son of a baker from an Arab-Christian (originally Aramaic) family. His schooling and university studies (diploma in chemistry) took place in Damascus. From 1965, Schami wrote stories in Arabic. From 1964-70 he was the co-founder and editor of the wall news-sheet Al-Muntalak (The Starting-Point) in the old quarter of the city. ...more
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“Poverty smothers our dreams even before we have finished dreaming them.” 5 likes
“What horrifying torture this poor man must have endured. Out of a wise man they have made a miserable bundle of flesh and bones.” 2 likes
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